Ultimately, it’s up to the pitcher to throw the right pitches where they can be the most effective. But the coaching staff has to get it out of him.Great. It's Butt Stink's fault that the pitchers don't throw inside and only throw fastballs. I wish no one would have ever stated this in print because it will only give credence to the argument that our home town hero isn't everything he is cracked up to be. Now I will have to spend more endless hours fending off the Butt Stink bashing that occurs within the friendly confines of the Metrodome, Emma's Bar or Our House. I almost wish I wouldn't have read it. Boo, information technology!!!
The catcher does too. There were some pitches the coaching staff thought Joe Mauer could have called differently on Friday, especially when Nick Blackburn kept firing first pitch fastballs in the fifth inning. And the catcher can influence the pitcher to throw inside more.
"Mota's been our eighth-inning pitcher the majority of the year," said
Yost. "We went to our eighth-inning pitcher."
Had the Brewers gotten Kendall home, Yost said he would have stuck with
Villanueva another inning. Why?
"It's not a save situation," Yost
Really Ned? Really? It's not a fucking save situation? Well Neddy, except in very unique circumstances (and last night certainly wasn't one of them), the fucking 8TH INNING IS NEVER A SAVE SITUATION!!!! What the fuck are you talking about? I'm not totally ripping his move, I wouldn't have done it. I would have left Villa in, and had Mota warm just in case, but I can't question the move itself. Not every move works, bullpens will blow games. But when a move goes wrong, you piss everyone off by acting like a pompous dick when you are asked a simple question about it. And then you wonder why everyone wants your ass fired.
He also said later: "We didn't give anything away tonight." Another quote that has no adequate reaction. You just gave up a three run lead in the last two innings, when your ace pitched well, against a team that has one of the worst records in baseball, when you had a chance to get a road win that have been few and far between all year, and when it was all caused by a questionable decision by you, and you didn't give anything away. I guess he blacked out in the 8th too.I just want a manager that is going to shut the fuck up, admit his mistakes, not
make childish quotes to the media, not play favorites (Weeks) and not make a
stupid decision every three games.
-In other news, I hoped Big Ben was going to punch Neddy in the face last night when he came out to pull him. I guess Neddy has turned over a new leaf here as he had a bad habit of leaving guys in FAR too long. Although, when Gagne comes back, he should learn to pull him before he loses the game. The Committee is 6-1 (Gagne 11-7)
-That Jay Bruce guy for the Reds is incredible. He is 11 for 19 with a walk-off HR so far. He is taking on legendary proportions. He is on pace for 14,000 Hits and 1253 HRs.